ISI Fund

Applications are now closed.

Thank you for applying to the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund.


Successful staff and faculty recipients of the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund have been given the green light to begin implementing their projects.

The ISI Fund is a cross-campus initiative at the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses. The Fund directly supports the advancement of the eight goals and 43 actions of the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP).

The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) was created in February of 2021 to coordinate and support the implementation of the 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) across the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses. The OISI is led by Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs. Over the past year and a half, the OISI team, together with the ISP Executive Advisory Committee (ISPEAC) has developed and administered the inaugural Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund. Through the ISI Fund’s inaugural cycle, 34 volunteer adjudicators dedicated their time to reviewing nearly 100 applications. Over 80 percent of adjudicators self-identified as Indigenous peoples with strong representation (roughly half) from BC First Nations.

7 successful Stream 3: Student Led projects began implementation over the summer. As of September 2022, 19 Stream 1: Innovative Projects and 11 Stream 2: Transformative Projects will receive funding.

The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) extends a thank you to all who have been involved and made the ISI Fund a success. Please see our Impact Stories page to read more about some of the funded projects and our Snapshot page for further details about the awarded funding.

A full list of funded projects will be available at a later date. Please see our ISI Fund 2021-2022 Snapshot page for an overview of funding distribution.

The Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund supports implementation of the 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan. Funds are available to support projects that advance UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan priority actions across both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

A total of up to $4 million dollars in ISI funding is available in 2022.

Key Dates:

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline for Streams 1 and 2: January 2023

Application deadline for Stream 3 (Student-led projects): January 2023

Application deadline for Streams 1 and 2: June 2023

Upcoming Information Sessions:

October 3, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register here.

October 31, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register here.

November 29, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register here.

Upcoming Consultation Sessions:

Registration coming soon.

October 31, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 14, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
November 29, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.